Clipping:Spalding on the Brotherhood 2

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Date Wednesday, September 7, 1887

[an interview of Spalding by Harry Palmer] Said I:--”What do you think of the result of the ball players' meeting of yesterday?”


“They took up the question of contracts and suggested certain changes they seem to think advisable.”


“Did you not read the report of the meeting in this morning's papers?”


“Well, the, tell me what you think of it.”

“The time for the discussion of contracts has not come yet. I'd rather not.”

“Do you feel kindly disposed toward the Brotherhood?”

“What difference would that make?”

“Possibly none at all; possibly a good deal. What I mean is do you think the objects of the organization are worthy ones?”

“Do you know what those objects are?”

“Yes; I think I do.”

“Ah? You are well posted then?”

“Why, they are the general good of ball players, are they not? A kind of benefit organization?”

“Are they?”

“Are they not?”

“Why, yes; I guess that is right.”

“Are the relations between the clubs and the Brotherhood going to be amicable?”

“Perhaps. I hope so.”

“Would you, together with the other League club presidents, consent to meet a committee from the Brother to talk over the contract and other questions?”

“My boy,” said Al after a moment' silence, “why discuss Christmas presents during the ice cream season? Let's go to lunch.” And not another word could I get out of him on the subject of the Brotherhood.

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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